CfP: 2nd Annual London DTC Conference – ‘Creating and Communicating’

On March 23rd and 24th 2015, the London Doctoral Training Centres will host their second annual conference organised by 2nd year ESRC funded students from a range of disciplines. The conference offers an excellent opportunity for PhD students to present and get feedback on their work,engage in academic debate and networking and think more creatively about their research.

Abstracts are invited for paper/ oral presentations and posters from London-based ESRC funded doctoral students.  Abstracts should be submitted here , submission details below.

Conference programme

The theme of the conference is “Creating and Communicating”, encouraging participants to offer insights from their different research topics and disciplines. This theme is not intended to restrict the scope of the papers and posters presented, which may be on any topic. Presentation sessions will be organised around sub-themes, and inter-disciplinarity is encouraged.

The programme will include:
– Two keynote speakers pioneering creative and innovative approaches to communicating research.
– A panel session with invited researchers, policy-makers, journalists etc. addressing traditional and novel methods for communicating with different audiences.
– An interactive activity focussing on inter-disciplinarity.
– A variety of presentation media and new ideas for communicating and disseminating research.
– An interactive poster session, with a prize for the best poster(s).

Conference logistics

The conference is free to attend, and held at London School of Economics and Political Science. It lasts for two days (timings to be confirmed), and is non-residential. The programme includes lunch on both days, a drinks reception on the first evening and an evening dinner on the second day. (Please note that in order to manage the delegate list and budgets, a returnable £10 deposit will be required from every registered attendee. This will be refunded for all those who attend.)

Call for abstracts
Conference participants may either make an oral/ paper presentation or present a poster, and abstracts are invited for both. Given the theme of the conference, non-traditional forms of presentation are welcome. If you wish to discuss a proposed presentation method, or to discuss technical or equipment requirements, please email the organisers at

Please note the number of oral/ paper presentations is limited, and the selection committee may suggest an abstract is accepted for a poster presentation. If there are more submissions for oral/paper presentations than can be accommodated in the time available, priority will be given to 2nd year students, and there may be limits on the number of students from any one institution.

Participants making an oral/ paper presentation will be allocated 15 minutes for their presentation with limited additional time allowed for questions. Presenters are not expected to submit written papers, but the organisers can arrange for limited written materials to be circulated at or before the conference. Prizes will be awarded for the best poster presentations, with an opportunity for the winning posters to be presented at a plenary session.

Abstract submissions:
– Please specify whether you are proposing to present a poster or an oral/ paper presentation. You may leave your proposal open, in which case it will be considered for both.
– Abstracts must be submitted using the form accessible here: If there are any problems in making your submission please contact the organisers using the email address below.
– Please try to give your abstract a short title which clearly indicates the scope of your presentation.
– Abstracts for posters should be no more than 100 words, and for oral/ paper presentations should be no more than 300 words.
– Abstracts exceeding 400 words will not be considered.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10am on Monday 12 January 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January.

Further information
For further information on any aspect of this conference please email the organisers at